Experts identify low yield, poor market infrastructure among main factors

Dhaka,  Thu,  24 August 2017
Published : 19 Jun 2017, 00:40:18
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Food insecurity

Experts identify low yield, poor market infrastructure among main factors

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Experts have identified low agricultural productivity, lack of good and climate change-resilient farming practices, poor market infrastructure and accessibility, gender inequality and lack of diversification in agriculture, and value chain-based income-generating activities as the key factors behind food insecurity.

They also observed that small-scale and fragmented production system is not sustainable, which causes high transaction cost, adversely impact food quality and food safety, and reduce market competitiveness.

The observations came at the learning, sharing and launching of the second phase of 'Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security and Linkages' (SaFaL) project, implemented with support from the Netherlands embassy at Krishibid Institute in the city recently. Solidadridad organised the programme.

Under the first phase of SaFal, a total of 1,020 producer group platforms in aquaculture, dairy and horticulture as well as a wide number of local-level service providers in the form of lead farmers, community nutrition volunteers and community livestock service providers were developed.

The project supported 58,000 farming households, who are engaged in self-driven initiatives to increase their farm productivity, to produce nutrition-rich foods.

It also facilitated entrepreneurship development across the value chain, contributing towards a sustainable transformation from subsistence to enterprise-level agriculture for hundreds of smallholder farmers.

SaFaL developed robust farmers and businesses support structures for adoption of good practices, promotion of access to services and market and finance including policy influence to frame national plan of actions for increasing productivity in a sustainable manner.

Phase-2 of the project, to be implemented from 2017 to 2020, will focus on enhancing commercial agriculture, rural employment and skills development of farmers and workers to adopt sustainable practices in production and marketing of safe and sustainable food, benefitting 100,000 farming households.

Along with aquaculture, dairy and horticulture, soybean will be introduced as a new commodity, supporting 25,000 families in Noakhali and Lakshmipur districts.

A sustainability framework for the country's delta region will be developed towards contributing to the landscape approach for adaption and mitigation of climate change and making agriculture of the region more resilient.

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